The thugs who gang-raped and murdered South African student Hannah Cornelius have been jailed for life – sparking cheers in the court’s public gallery.
Geraldo Parsons, 27, Vernon Witbooi, 33, and Eben van Niekerk, 28, were found guilty of Hannah’s rape and murder, as well as the kidnap, robbery and attempted murder of her friend Cheslin Marsh last week.
All three career criminals were sentenced to two life terms each for Hannah’s rape and murder at Western Cape High Court on Monday. Witbooi and Parsons were also both handed 25 years for attempted murder, 15 years each for four counts of robbery and 10 years for kidnapping.
Van Niekerk was also sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder, 20 years for robbery, 10 years for kidnapping Hannah and Cheslin, eight years for kidnapping another woman, Mimi October.
A fourth man, Nashville Julius, 29, was sentenced to 15 years for two counts of robbery and seven years for kidnapping. His sentence will run concurrently.
Judge Rosheni Allie delivered a scathing appraisal of the men on Monday, telling the court that none of them had showed ‘true remorse’ for their crimes, News 24 reports.
As she delivered their sentences, a large crowd of supporters in the public gallery erupted into cheers. They applauded, taunted the killers and chanted ‘Justice!’ as they were hauled back into their holding cells following the hearing.